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Germany: IES Freiburg Programs


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The IES - Freiburg programs offer opportunities for students to study in Germany, combining language and culture studies with concentrations on the European Union or on Environmental Studies and Sustainability.  Opportunities to explore Freiburg and the surrounding Black Forest with its many hiking trails are components of both programs, and the EU program includes a required integrative seminar with group travel to EU member countries.

The EU program makes Europe as a whole your classroom.  You will visit the European Parliament and discuss current social and political issues with EU officials, meeting with leaders of multinational corporations to learn about international trade.  You also engage in a Model European Union, where you assume the role of a head of state or foreign minister of an EU country to analyze and debate issues of current concern in Europe, such as migration and immigration, security and foreign affairs, U.S.-EU relations, relations with Russia, the euro currency's troubled relationship with member countries, Brexit, and more. The Model EU concludes the Integrative Seminar, and is the capstone of the program. After the spring semester, you can also add international work experience to your résumé by participating in a for-credit internship placement in Freiburg or Brussels, with the accompanying internship seminar.

In the Environmental Studies and Sustainability program, you will be immersed in study in one of the key origin points for environmental study in Europe. The environmental movement took root in Freiburg long ago-and now it's a way of life. Known for taking the lead in the development of eco-friendly technologies and architecture, Freiburg also attracts researchers and environmental organizations from around the world. Come study Freiburg's many unique contributions to this important movement. This English-taught program allows you to explore topics in disciples like Environmental Studies, Forest Ecology, and Sustainability while living in Freiburg, located near the beautiful Black Forest and Rhine River Valley.  All courses except German language courses are organized as three-week modules so you can focus on each topic you study, and faculty can take you and your classmates on extended course-related trips in and around Freiburg. Most courses are taught at IES Abroad by faculty affiliated with the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.  Students may be able to take some modules in the Department of Environment & Natural Resources at the University, depending on availability. Optional University modules and research assistantship opportunities are offered after the regular term, through February for the fall term, and through late July for the spring term. In addition to Environmental Studies topics, you can study German language at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level at the SprachLehrInstitut (Language Teaching Center) of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

Credit: 4.5 upon successful completion of the Fall or Spring Semester.

Program advisor: Professor Todd Heidt. 

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